If you know anything about me you know I love my neighborhood. I’ve lived in Eastern Market for two years and truly I don’t ever want to leave (even though we’re moving in January). In an attempt to tell you just how much I love my neighborhood (and to supplement our neighborhood guide!), I compiled five coffee shops right near the metro that you should definitely check out. Starbucks and Dunkin, beware! These places are coming for you!
Even if you don’t like coffee, all of these places offer several alternatives (caffeinated and not) so don’t worry! You’re in good company!
If you’ve been living under a rock, you probably don’t know this buuutttt Radici has been visited by the one and only Michelle Obama. She celebrated a friend’s birthday lunch there in early 2016. *Imagines being friends with Michelle* Their vanilla lattes come highly recommended by several friends (including one former Radici employee!). They’ve also got a wonderful food menu that includes oatmeal sea salt cookies AND a pesto pasta. Combine the pasta, a latte and a cookie and you’ve got a lunch fit for a first lady (see what I did there?).
Port City Java
Not far from Radici and just north of the market is Port City Java. Founded in Wilmington, NC and only found in North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington DC, you’ll find delicious hand crafted drinks. Not only are their smoothies delicious, but they have really great iced coffee. Perfect for those hot summer months (or all year round if you’re like me and think iced > everything). Their shop is pretty tiny, but they have outdoor seating that allows you to people watch shoppers at the market.
I fairly recently discovered this place on a day date with Carrie and Kit Stanwood. The shop itself is pretty standard as it comes to coffee shops but what really shines is the menu. As a non-coffee drinker, the smoothies here are really life changing. There is a large outdoor patio and a lot of tables that are great for catching up with a friend or working on some homework. Most of their coffee is grown in Rwanda and they have awesome stories about where the beans are grown on their website. Also…in a world of ‘sustainable products’, I love their tagline: Naturally from Crop to Cup.
This is the only coffee shop on the list that is truly a DC coffee shop. Three locations, all in the District, started by a couple with over 15 years of experience in coffee. Their coffee is brewed amazingly and their food is always so fresh. One of the coolest things about Peregrine Espresso is that they offer classes at Union Market. The classes focus on brewing at home and the fundamentals of espresso. Their non-coffee menu is slightly lacking but the hot chocolate is so great that I’ll give them a pass.
Le Pain Quotidien
I know this is a chain BUT it is one of my favorite places in the neighborhood to study. The wifi is great, the drinks are delicious and the food options really help. During the fall they have a great spiced hot apple cider and their chai lattes are truly to die for. Also their brunch menu, while in small portions, they are also amazing. They have a Belgian waffle with fresh berries that is the perfect size for a morning snack.